1. In Dec I started in a weekly writing/editing group
2. I have not turned in a single assignment without a grammar error
3. I opened my blogging up to the world, who in return let me know my problem with homophones
I don't want to have bad grammar. I wish I knew my comma's and homophones and whatever else I am messing up. But I don't and it is not going to fix itself. Awhile ago I posted my frustrations about this and then later spoke my older brother about it. He recommended a few things.
1. Go through old posts and correct the errors (He advised me I have 5-6 errors per post.)
That is a great tip but I can't start there. If I knew what my problems were then I would catch them when I re-read what I have written.
2. Go through my old edits writing down my common problems
That is good. I can see clearly what my errors are.
3. Go to our local Lake Shore Learning to find workbooks that can help me.
This sounded like the perfect starting point.
I did some research and found online that most of the error's that I am aware of are things you really start to learn in third grade. (Side Note: I am now very concerned about 3rd grade if I started gaining weight and stopped learning that year. I have always had problems with multiplication which I remember trying to learn in 3rd grade and now english problems. But that is a different story.) I went to Lake Shore Learning and started flipping through books. The third grade books did look like the right place to start. I kept wanting to upgrade myself to a fifth or sixth grade book but I felt like I needed a better base that the third grade books offered. So I bought three and they were not cheap!
As I go through these books I feel silly doing books meant for third graders. But I will go through them. I will learn what I need to know so that I sound/write like an adult. I will teach my brain the difference between lose and loose and between roll and role. I will do this because I want to spend more time worried about the content of my assignments then the grammar of my assignments. I will do this because I will not let grammar keep me from a better job.